Seastreak newcomer pushing through dip in demand
Professional Mariner|December - January2021
Two years ago, Seastreak LLC took delivery of Seastreak Commodore, a 600-passenger fast ferry, from Gulf Craft of Franklin, La. Designed by Australia-based Incat Crowther, the vessel is the largest of its kind in the United States and was built to meet the burgeoning demand for service in the New York-New Jersey market.
Brian Gauvin

Then COVID-19 arrived and passenger traffic took a nosedive.

The main commuter run for Commodore is between Seastreak headquarters in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Manhattan, with seasonal junkets to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The catamaran also deploys for fall foliage cruises up the Hudson River. The pandemic has affected all of these transits.

“Passenger traffic in our New Jersey-NYC market has been the most significantly impacted across our operations,” said Brett Chamberlain, Seastreak’s director of marketing, with numbers in midsummer at roughly 10 percent of pre-pandemic levels. “Our seasonal operations between New Bedford, Mass., and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are faring much better, though still less than pre-COVID.”

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